The second sculpture outside the main entrance of the Royal Free is Doo Wah Diddy by Helen Sinclair. It was commissioned as a memorial piece and was unveiled at the Royal Free in May 2011 by local resident, Bill Oddie.
Helen was born in South Wales in 1954, studied at Wimbledon School of Art between 1972 to 1976 and after 12 years teaching, became a full-time sculptor in 1988. Her own website quotes that “The human figure is her primary subject : the actual figure (in movement and at rest, clothed and unclothed) and the figure as depicted by other artists in any medium.
Her influences include the sculptural forms and mythology of ancient civilisations (Etruscan, Egyptian, South American), Italian Renaissance sculpture (especially Donatello) and twentieth century sculptors : Emilio Greco, Medardo Rosso, Giacometti and, most notably, Willhelm Lehmbruck.
Helen has undertaken numerous commissions. Recent commissions include ‘The Mother and the Child’ for All Saints Church, Fulham; ‘Five Figures’ for St Mary’s Hospital, Chichester and ‘Still Sitting’ for Gary Rhodes’ restaurant, ‘Rhodes 24’, Brecon Cathedral’s two metre hanging bronze crucifix, ‘The Four Seasons’ for Marie Curie’s new West Midlands Hospice in Solihull, as well as the Royal Free. Her bronze sculpture is cast at the MB Fine Arts Foundry in Pembrokeshire.